Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When my software stopped speaking


I can still remember when this very thing happened. Thank goodness that it does not happen very often but the most recent time when it did there was a brief period of panic until I decided to settle my nerves and ask my mom to check the screen.

I had been recording one of my audio mysteries and upon completion of recording I decided to disconnect the microphone from the computer. That did it! My software stopped speaking immediately and I was literally left hanging, so to speak. I tried all kinds of things. I kept pressing the escape key then the alt and F4 keys but all to no avail. I then rebooted the computer and nothing. Then I called in sighted help in the form of my mom who came into the room and with a gentle demeanour she read the message on the screen. The message told me that a piece of hardware had been unplugged and that I needed to plug it back in. I knew immediately what I needed to do.

So, with my mom standing by, I reinserted the connection from my microphone to the computer and voila! My software recommenced its speaking. Since then I have had two incidents of a similar nature but I was ready when they occurred.

I am a bit wiser now and more prepared for any future similar incidents. A great learning experience for me.

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